New Castle plans Will DuBois monument |

New Castle plans Will DuBois monument

Heidi Rice and Randy Essex
Air Force Capt. Dan Kulp, Will DuBois' college roommate, presents the U.S. flag that draped DuBois' casket to William "Ham" DuBois at Will DuBois' funeral Sunday at Rifle High School.
Heidi Rice / Post Independent |


A foundation has been established in DuBois’ name to help future pilots. Donations can be made at any Alpine Bank branch, in person, by phone or by check to:

Pyro’s Wings Memorial Scholarship Fund

c/o Alpine Bank New Castle

810 Castle Valley Blvd.

New Castle, CO 81647


On the web:

NEW CASTLE — It’s unclear what it will be or where it will be, but the town of New Castle will construct a memorial to Air Force Capt. Will “Pyro” DuBois, the hometown F-16 pilot who died in the line of duty in Jordan on Dec. 1.

“That’s very nice of them,” his father, William “Ham” DuBois said. He said and his wife, Donna, talked with city leaders Friday and will be presented with ideas for the memorial after the first of the year.

Will DuBois “terrorized the streets of New Castle” as a boy, his dad joked, and grew up to be “a very happy, a very satisfied, a very confident man.”

DuBois died near his base in Jordan after turning back early in a flight that was to be an attack on ISIS targets.

Will DuBois “terrorized the streets of New Castle” as a boy, his dad joked, and grew up to be “a very happy, a very satisfied, a very confident man.”

He was a member of the 77th Fighter Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, and was married Sept. 30, just before his deployment. He had twice been named the top fighter pilot in his class and was an F-16 instructor, flight lead and combat commander.

A memorial service was held for DuBois, 30, on Dec. 14 at Rifle High School, from which he graduated in 2003. More than 900 people attended the funeral and dozens of area residents held a vigil outside the entrance of the high school.

The town of New Castle has formed a committee, headed by Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Leland, to decide what kind of memorial to have and where it will be placed.

Also serving on the committee is Mayor Bob Gordon, Town Clerk Melody Harrison, Town Administrator Tom Baker and local business owner Patti Ringer.

“We’ve put the committee together, but we haven’t had time to assemble,” Leland said. “We want to take the ideas for the memorial and brainstorm.”

The exact cause of the crash of DuBois’ plane remains under investigation by Air Force officials. Ham DuBois said he has been told that will take 30 to 45 days from the time of the crash.

Those with ideas for a memorial are encouraged to call New Castle Town Hall at 970-984-2311.

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